PGA Championship: Tiger Woods hasn’t given up hope of winning an incredible 16th major victory after battling through a sluggish start at the PGA Championship to reach the weekend.
Woods, making only his second competitive appearance since sustaining career-threatening leg injuries in a vehicle accident last February, rebounded from a four-over 74 on the first day with a second-round 69 to finish three-over for the weekend.
The 46-year-old, who won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in 2007, combined four birdies with a bogey and a double-bogey to tie for 53rd place, 12 shots behind halfway leader Will Zalatoris.
With a stunning second-round 63, Bubba Watson tied for the lowest round in PGA Championship history, narrowly losing out on tying the all-time major low on his final hole, Woods is hoping for a Bubba-like effort to play his way back into the event.
“If you miss the cut, you’re not going to win the tournament,” Woods added. “You fight hard for a cause, and you’re able to give yourself a chance on the weekend.” You never know when you’ll become hot. Being on the cut number has helped me win tournaments.
“I’m hoping I can shoot a number as Bubba did. That’s where my mind is at right now. I’ve got to do some things physically to get myself there tomorrow and it will be a quick turnaround. That’s the reward you get for just making the cut. You get to tee off early the next day, and hopefully, I can get it in.
“The weather is supposed to be a little more difficult and be a little testier, and hopefully that’s the case. If that’s the case, hopefully, I can post a good round and at least move up the board, and get myself within striking distance on Sunday. I’m pretty far back, but you just never know.”
Woods came out of the sand to save par at the second and holed from five feet to pick up a stroke at the fifth, before cancelling out a dropped ball at the eighth with a 10-foot eagle to start his back nine.
After falling long of the par-three 11th green and failing to get up and down from the sand for a double-bogey five, the 15-time major champion slid beyond the predicted cut line, only to hole from 15 feet to save par either side of an eight-foot birdie at the 13th.
“You guys [the media] all know, I’m not going to be playing a lot of tournaments going forward,” Woods added. “They’re going to be the biggest tournaments. I want to be able to play in the major championships, I’ve always loved playing them.
“We all want to be able to come back here to a place where we’ve had success and play against the finest players in the world.” Fortunately, I’m capable of completing it.
“I’ve had a great PT staff that have put Humpty-Dumpty back together, and we’ll go out there tomorrow, and hopefully tomorrow I can do something like what Bubba did today.”
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